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Nearly 30 new affordable townhomes are coming to Nanaimo next year, according to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

In total, 28 townhomes are being built for people with low incomes or members of the community with developmental disabilities.

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“This is a wonderful response to a very specific and real need in our community for suitable housing that simply isn’t available,” said Leonard Krog, mayor of Nanaimo in a statement.

The townhomes will be located at 3425 Uplands Drive, and will consist of 12 accessible rental homes and 14 one-bedroom homes.

The price of rent for one accessible rental home is set at $500 per month, and the one-bedroom homes are expected to cost $880 per month.

The townhomes will also feature a group kitchen, common dining room, and a social lounge to allow residents enhance their life and social skills, and to encourage residents to gather for weekly dinners.

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The project is expected to cost $4.9 million, and is being funded by the province through the Nanaimo Association for Community Living and Community Living BC.

The townhouses will be move-in ready by summer 2020, according to the province.

“Providing homes for people with disabilities is a priority for our government,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo in a statement.

“We’re proud to support this project, which will give more people in Nanaimo the homes, services and community support they need.”

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